Puerto Quetzal: Incentives for Intrarrregional Traffic

Quetzal Port Company is offering a special rate with discounts up to 50% for ships carrying cargo whose origin and destination is Central America.

Monday, January 26, 2015

This project seeks to promote short sea shipping between the ports of Quetzal in Guatemala, Acajutla in El Salvador, Corinth in Nicaragua and Caldera in Costa Rica, and in this way reduce land freight traffic between countries in the region. It is expected that the project will start with th coordination of all sectors involved and carrying out tests.

Carlos Lainfiesta, auditor of the Port of Quetzal, told Elperiodico.com.gt that "... What is being sought is to relieve the cargo travelling by road using sea freight services at the regional level, and to do this, a request has been made by the Central Committee on Shipping and interested companies, which was to include preferential rates and prioritize for docking. "

Jean Paul Brichaux, chairman of the Committee on International Transport Users of Guatemala, added "... The customs authorities will provide facilities in the ports for the cargo to be mobilized and paperwork for shipment to be reduced, with the least amount of documents and waiting times possible; all stakeholders, ports, shipping companies, entrepreneurs and others and will make their contribution. "

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